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Arike Ogunbowale makes Shot of a Lifetime… Twice!



Arike Ogunbowale makes Shot of a Lifetime ... Twice! - BellaNaija

COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 01: Arike Ogunbowale #24 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates after scoring the game winning basket with 0.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to defeat the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs in the championship game of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four at Nationwide Arena on April 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs 61-58. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Arike Ogunbowale, a US born college basketball player of Nigerian descent, twice made the shot of a lifetime to win her team, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the NCAA championship.

Competing against the number 1-seeded Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs, Ogunbowale scored a 3-pointer with just 0.1 second to go!

Thing is – she had done it before, just 48 hours earlier.

In the semi-final match against UConn, Ogunbowale hit a 2-pointer with just 1 second left, crushing the hopes of Kobe Bryant, a UConn fan who was present.

Kobe had congratulated her on her shot, and she replied: “Wow, my life is complete. The GOAT ???.” But he replied, saying it’s not complete until she finishes the job.

And she did finish the job, dashing the hopes of Mississippi by making that 3-pointer at the end of the game. Easily, she was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.

Arike was born in the United states to parents Gregory and Yolanda Ogunbowale. Her father, Gregory, was a footballer in Nigeria and once served in the Nigerian Army before he relocated to the United States. Her mother, Yolanda, was her grade-school basketball coach.

Photo Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

1 Comment

  1. Pat

    April 2, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Her 2nd shot towards the end that helped them beat Mississippi was ? my mouth was open. The come back was unbelievable becaise Mississippi was beating Notre Dame.

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